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Police Blotter 7/19-7/27
by Tribune Staff
Jul 29, 2013 | 2277 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
•On Saturday (7/27), Sparks Police Department officers responded to 815 Nichols Blvd. on a report of a stolen vehicle from Washoe County. Officers arrived on scene and located the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of the business. 

Carol Stotler was identified as the suspect in the stolen vehicle case and was reported to be loitering by the Sparks Marina located at 300 Howard Drive. Officers located Stotler by the shoreline of the Marina and attempted to apprehend her.

Stotler then swam into the center of the Marina making suicidal statements in an attempt to evade arrest. The Sparks Fire Department Water Rescue Unit deployed to the Marina and rescued Stotler. 

Stotler was driven to shore and was placed into custody. Stotler was found to have outstanding misdemeanor and felony warrants, along with the keys to the stolen vehicle in her possession.

Stotler was transported to the Washoe County Jail without incident where she was booked.

•On Sunday (7/21), at approximately 2:30 a.m., Sparks Police officers were dispatched to the 100 block of C St. on a report of shots fired. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate a victim. Soon after, Sparks Police officers were dispatched to Renown Medical Center about a victim of a shooting. 

During the investigation, officers learned that the victim, an 18-year-old Sparks resident, was walking in the 100 block of the B/C alley when he and some friends were approached by several individuals in a vehicle. The suspects in the vehicle shot at the victim multiple times. The suspects then fled the area.   

The suspects have not yet been identified. The victim was transported to the hospital by friends and was treated for non life-threatening injuries.

The investigation is ongoing. The Sparks Police Department is asking for anyone with knowledge of this incident to contact detectives or Secret Witness.

•On Friday (7/19), at approximately 11 p.m., officers were dispatched to 1300 block of O’Callaghan Drive, Van Meter Park, on a report of a gang-related affray. During the investigation, officers learned that the victim, a 22-year-old Spark resident was at Van Meter Park with two friends when they were approached by three Latino males.

The males questioned the victim and his friends regarding gang affiliation. The victim denied any gang affiliation and the males left. Moments later, the Latino males returned with an additional person. This time, the suspects produced a handgun and demanded valuables from the victim and his friends. When the victim refused to empty his pockets, the suspects began to beat him and strike him in the face with the handgun. The suspects then fled the area prior to police arrival.

The victim was transported by REMSA to Renown Medical Center with non life-threatening injuries.

Because of the gang affiliation of the suspects, the Regional Gang Unit took lead in the investigation. The RGU was able to identify one of the suspects, Jaime Garcia, an 18-year-old Sparks resident. Garcia was subsequently arrested for armed robbery and Battery with a Deadly Weapon with gang enhancement.

The Sparks Police Department, along with the Regional Gang Unit, are continuing to investigate the case.  Please contact the Sparks Police Department or Secret Witness with any information regarding this incident.
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